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The EU and Its Neighbours: Opportunities and Challenges for the Eastern Partnership

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Democracy & Governance
english language

Recent turmoil in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood, and especially in Ukraine, has put the Union and its current Neighbourhood Policy to a considerable test. What key challenges have to be tackled in order to ensure a peaceful and mutually beneficial partnership between the EU and its neighbours?

Speakers

Head, Support Group for Ukraine, European Commission, Brussels
Head, Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv; Editor, Political Critique, Kyiv
Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic, Bratislava
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Tbilisi
Writer and Freelance Artist, Kyiv
Secretary General, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Vienna
Journalist and Presenter, Ö1 Journals and ORF Weltjournal, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna Chair

Peter BALAS

Head, Support Group for Ukraine, European Commission, Brussels

1972-1978 Desk officer for South East Asia, Ministry of Foreign Trade of Hungary, Budapest
1978-1982 Commercial Counsellor, Commercial Representation of Hungary in Colombo, Sri Lanka
1982-1986 Director, Ministry of Foreign Trade of Hungary
1986-1991 Deputy Head, Representation of Hungary to the GATT
1989-1991 Chairman, Meat Market Analyses Group, International Meat Council
1991-1994 Director General, Ministry of International Economic Relations of Hungary
1994-1996 Assistant State Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Hungary
1996-2000 Deputy State Secretary for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Economic Affairs of Hungary
2000-2002 Deputy State Secretary for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
2002-2005 Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the WTO - World Trade Organization
2002-2004 Chairman, Special Session of the Dispute Settlement Body, WTO
2004-2005 Chairman, Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance, WTO
2005-2014 Deputy Director General, DG Trade, European Commission
since 2014 Head, Support Group for the Ukraine, European Commission

Dr. Miroslav LAJCAK

Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic, Bratislava

1988-1991 Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia, Prague
1991-1993 Embassy of Czechoslovakia, Moscow
1993-1994 Director, Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Slovakia; Director, Cabinet of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava
1994-1998 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to Japan
1998-2001 Director, Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava
2001-2005 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (later Serbia and Montenegro), Republic of Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
2005-2006 Personal Representative of EU High Representative for CFSP to facilitate the Montenegrin dialogue
2005-2007 Director General for Political Affairs - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bratislava
2007-2009 High Representative / EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Gallery
2009-2010 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
2010-2012 Managing Director, Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels
2012-2016 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
since 2016 Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Maia PANJIKIDZE

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Tbilisi

1988 Professor and Lecturer of Philology
1994 First Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
2004 Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
2004-2007 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Federal Republic of Germany
2007-2010 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands
2010-2011 Full Professor of Philology, Guram Tavartkiladze University
2012 Spokesperson and Head of Central Office, Georgian Dream coalition
since 2012 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Tbilisi

Oksana ZABUZHKO

Writer and Freelance Artist, Kyiv

 Oksana Zabuzhko is one of the most renowned contemporary Ukrainian poets, writers and essayists, known both for her literary works and social activism. She studied philosophy at the Kiev University, where she also obtained her doctorate. During the 1990s she taught at Penn State University, Harvard and University of Pittsburgh as a visiting writer. She has published four volumes of poetry and three novels, including the Ukrainian national bestseller Field Research in Ukrainian Sex, as well as numerous literary and scholarly essays. Her works are available in a dozen of languages, including English translations of her internationally acclaimed collection of poems and essays A Kingdom of Fallen Statues. Her essays and numerous translations of her poetry are also being published in various international literary journals.

Lamberto ZANNIER

Secretary General, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Vienna

1991-1997 Head of Disarmament, Arms Control and Cooperative Security, NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
1997-2000 Chairperson of the Negotiations on the Adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe
2000-2002 Permanent Representative of Italy to the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Hague
2002-2006 Director, Conflict Prevention Centre, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
2008-2011 UN Special Representative for Kosovo and Head, UNMIK - United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
since 2011 Secretary General, OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Vienna

Mag. Cornelia VOSPERNIK

Journalist and Presenter, Ö1 Journals and ORF Weltjournal, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna

1985 Erstes Praktikum beim ORF, Slowenische Abteilung, Landesstudio Kärnten; danach Aktueller Dienst Kärnten
1986-1988 United World College of the Adriatic, Abschluss: International Baccalaureate
1989-1994 Studium Dolmetsch für Slowenisch und Italienisch, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Abschluss Mag. phil
1996 Wechsel in die Zeit im Bild 1 Redaktion mit Schwerpunkten Innenpolitik und Außenpolitik
1999-2001 Leiterin Korrespondentenbüro London, danach Außenpolitik ZiB und Moderatorin diverser Sendungen (ZiB1, Weltjournal)
2007-2010 Leiterin des ORF-Büros in Peking
2011-2012 Leiterin der Nachrichten ORFeins
seit 2012 Leiterin des neu gegründeten Büros Nordosteuropa
seit 2013 Moderatorin Ö1 Journale
seit 2014 Moderatorin ORF Weltjournal

Political Symposium

show timetable

24.08.2014

11:00 - 12:30Not Just an IslandCulture
14:00 - 15:30OpeningPlenary
16:00 - 17:30The EU and Its Neighbours: Opportunities and Challenges for the Eastern PartnershipPlenary
18:00 - 19:30The European Union in Search of a New NarrativePlenary
19:30 - 20:00Curator's Talk: Art in the Margin of War - War in the Margin of ArtCulture
21:00 - 22:30"Kakanien - New Homelands" Goes Alpbach: And Nobody's There to Understand the Language You're Screaming In...Culture

25.08.2014

09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Citizens' Trust vs Distrust: Scenarios for the Future of DemocracyBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Social Cohesion in a Wider EuropeBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: The EU and Turkey: Energising CooperationBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: The European Union and Its NeighboursBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Never Mind the Gap - Overcoming the East-West Divide in the OSCEBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: International Disaster Preparedness and Response to Emergency and CrisisBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Young Look at EuropeBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 17: Success! The Do's and Don'ts of Contemporary AdvocacyBreakout
12:00 - 13:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 07: Europe's Next Generation in the Elections and BeyondBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 08: Brain Drain - Brain Gain: The Economic Potential of Migration in Modern Europe and in the PastBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 09: Beyond European CommunicationBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 10: Digital Europe - Between Security and CooperationBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 11: Europe's Periphery at the Crossroads - Consequences for the Common Security and Defence PolicyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: EU Enlargement Between Boldness and FatigueBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Climate and Energy - Key Questions for the FutureBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: Future Energy Needs vs. Non-Proliferation PoliciesBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: The EU and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Balancing Growth, Inclusiveness and Sustainability?Breakout
16:30 - 18:00From Reconciliation to Integration: What the Young Can Contribute to a Common FuturePlenary
18:30 - 20:00Post-Conflict Countries in Transition: Reforming the Security SectorPlenary
20:30 - 22:00Bringing Ideas to Power: Towards a Democratic Consensus of Tomorrow?Plenary
22:00 - 23:30Integrated in Austria, Successful in the World - How Austrian Success Stories Are WrittenPartner

26.08.2014

09:00 - 09:10Inequality and Sustainable Global Governance: IntroductionPlenary
09:10 - 10:30Generational InequalityPlenary
11:00 - 12:15Inequality in Energy and ClimatePlenary
12:15 - 12:30Closing RemarksPlenary